'Dancing with the Stars' eliminated contestant: 'When they played the montage, it was like I died!'


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Carson Kressley may not have always earned the highest scores, but he certainly delivered the biggest laughs on Dancing with the Stars this fall. Too bad the guy who kept the judges and his fellow celebrities in stitches didn’t last to see another day under the mirror ball: Kressley, whose jive with Anna Trebunskaya: was called “a crowning achievement in madness” on Monday, became the latest contestant to live Dancing with the Stars.

“At the end when they played the montage, it was like, oh my god I died!” Kressley told reporters after Tuesday’s results show. “I even started to well up a bit. Am I going to fade out and is there going to be a date [of death]? And then there was Careless Whisper and we were dancing our final dance … you’re never gonna dance again…and I am going to dance again, dammit! This process has made me so much more aware of my body, my posture, the ways your clothes fit, the way people move.”

Having earned the lowest score on Monday (19 out of 30 for their jive), the duo knew they were toast. “You don’t want to see anybody go home,” Kressley said. “Everybody has been really trying their heart out.  I wish I could have nailed the dance, then we might still be here. Anna has worked so hard, she’s so patient, so kind.  She’s like a hot Mother Teresa.  She’s probably going to name her first baby after me. Boy or girl, it kinda works either way.”

Joking aside, Kressley spoke fondly of the other bonds he made while dancing on the show — namely with Chaz Bono. ” He and I have a lot in common,” said Kressley, who is gay. “We’re used to feeling like outsiders and not great about ourselves. That’s what was so gratifying about this entire experience. From the moment I met Anna to the moment they said you guys have to go home and everyone surrounded us and hugged us, we felt like we belonged. And that’s something really special for me. It’s not something I always felt…um and um, I almost got emotional for a bit! ”

“You did!” Trebunskaya said, nodding.

“Stuff it down! Stuff it down!” Kressley shouted to himself, shaking off the heavy moment. ” That’s what been so phenomenal about this show, this experience. You get so much support from the cast. And fans, people who are tweeting and sending you emails saying, just be you! We love you for who you are! That’s really positive stuff. This show did exactly what I hoped it would do for me…challenge me. Have the courage to jump off into the deep end and learn to swim, even if it messes up your hair.”

Kressley didn’t want to predict whether the show would ever feature two men dancing together. (He joked before the season began that he hoped his partner would be Maksim Chmerkovskiy). “Anything could happen, though if you come to West Hollywood on a Saturday night, you may see some,” Kressley said, laughing. “But I couldn’t have gotten a better partner.”

Now that he’s hidden all of his costumes in hopes the show doesn’t notice they’re gone, Kressley is now looking forward to going back to his old life of personal makeovers. He has a clothing line coming out on Shop NBC plus his continued work for OWN. And if that doesn’t work out, there’s always his budding relationship with Nancy Grace, who interrupted his press interviews by planting a big one on his lips.

“I kissed an HLN reporter and I liked it!” he exclaimed afterwards. “Now, let’s talk about Nancy Grace.”

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  • Regina George

    Awwwww, I loved Carson!

    • MJs Disembodied Voice

      Time to partner him up with that other gay blond Derek.

      • kaya

        How long did it take you to come up with that one MJ?

      • Adwina Lambert

        “became the latest contestant to live Dancing with the Stars.” –> to LEAVE!!! sheesh EW! shame on you for not proofreading ms. faulty grammar lynette!! tee-hee!

    • LOL

      America loves crap.

    • tom

      I wish it was finally hope — who is just boring and awful and now a whiner. But why put her through the supposed bottom 2 again in two weeks if she wasn’t going home?

  • Sara

    “she’s like a hot Mother Theresa” mannn I love him!

    • kika

      So witty! Love him!

  • Laura

    I certainly enjoyed carson

    • Laura

      I certainly was very sad to see Carson leave. He was so intertaining and fun to watch him enjoy himself


    Sure Carson wasn’t the *best* dancer, but he was thoroughly entertaining; and you can’t say that about the other dancers who remain and are struggling with their dancing skills. He seemed very confidant and happy, all I can think about is when Kim Kardashian was on the show and she danced like a robot but with less emotion. At least Carson knew how to HAVE FUN and make it WERQ~

    • Chocobox

      Right on!! All the other people on DWTS right now have the personality of burnt toast. Isn’t this show supposed to be fun?? When did it start getting so serious? You would think these people we’re trying to cure cancer or something.

      • Lucygal

        Chocobox, you really thing JR has the personality of burnt toast?! Feel sorry for you if this is true.

      • Chocobox

        @Lucygal…Please save your condescention for someone who cares. It’s not that deep, it’s just an opinion. Thanks for your concern though.

      • Sam


        It is called Dancing with the Stars not Lets be goof balls with the stars…it is a DANCE competition

        @Lucygal I agree with you JR is personality plus…I hope he wins it all

      • LittleMo

        If you don’t think JR has personality to spare the cheese has slipped off your cracker, there is no light bulb in your socket, there are no crows on your telephone line – have I got through to you yet? Didn’t you see the 80s round this week – JR’s samba? You didn’t see any personality in that dance? You’re out of your mind. And it doesn’t bother me that you don’t care about my opinion – it’s just when I see somebody acting like an ass I feel a need to voice that same opinion. Thanks for – give me time, I’ll think of something to thank you for.

    • Native

      I really enjoyed him on this show. He was so much fun to watch and so funny. Granted, in terms of dancing, it was his time to go, but I was sort of hoping Hope might go home instead and we could see Carson another week.

    • Ginny

      Carson you are delightful. You did a super job and we enjoyed you and rooted for you. Be pleased with yourself. Dancing beautifully is hard work and you made it so much fun.

  • Linda

    will miss you Carson – you brought alot of joy

  • chattypatra

    I wish he could have stayed longer because it was great fun to watch him dance with unabashed joy. I will miss you, Carson; the show will not be the same without you!

  • Natalie

    Well now I don’t care what happens. It was so fun to see what he did each week and what he would say next. You did great Carson! I love you!!

  • msmorgan

    So sad to see Carson go home even though he wasn’t the best dancer. He was just so much fun to watch. Keep hoofing Carson – and keep the joy in your heart!

  • mcfly

    Yeah, after his Monday dance, he had to go.

  • GoddessLu

    My favorite contestant of the season! I loved his sound bytes, loved his witty banter and loved how hard he tried. Definitely not a natural dancer but boy did he make me smile. You’ll be missed Mr. Kressley. And yeah, I would have put Maks too.

    • MJs Disembodied Voice

      No way Maks would play along. He’s having a hard enough time with masculine Hope.

  • mike

    Wait, he’s gay ?

    • Sam

      No Mak isn’t gay he’s straight…don’t know if you remember he and Karina were engaged and they split up because of Mario getting involved romantically with her…that’s been several years ago though

  • julz

    Never exposed to Carson until this show and I LOVE HIM. Great attitude, great “can do” attitude, very positive -a TOTAL WINNER in my book. I will miss him-he made me laugh every week. Has he written a book I can buy? if not, PLEASE WRITE A BOOK, CARSON!!!

    • econruth

      You should try and find some old episodes of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. I loved that show.

  • Violet

    Love you Carson! You certainly light up the ballroom, and I was hoping you’d somehow stay. Looking forward to seeing you again!

  • JB

    Carson has such a great attitude. Hope ABC keeps him involved in the show. He’ll be sorely missed.

    • Ripley

      They need to bring him back as the fashion correspondent every week, he’d be hi-larious!

  • SLB

    Boooooo! Carson’s gone. The show won’t be the same. Hopefully David will last, he’s the next funniest.

    • Alice

      I cannot stand to listen to David. He sounds (not saying he is!) like he is drenched in alcohol. That’s entertaining for, oh, .5 second, if that.

      • LoveDWTS

        I totally agree. He is like a self-deprecating drunk feeling sorry for himself! Annoying!

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